Needless to say, Virginia Tech’s football staff must feel pretty happy about how last weekend’s senior camp played out. Headlined by Hampton quarterback Tyrod Taylor, the amount of talent in attendance was outstanding. The Virginia Tech coaches have already received verbal commitments from four of these skilled players and are looking for more.
First, lets take a look at the verbal commitment. Tech now has seven commitments in total including the four from this past weekend. Clover Hill (Midlothian, VA) offensive tackle Blake DeChristopher became the third overall commit when he verballed to Tech the Wednesday before camp.
A 6-1, 260-pound defensive end for Southern Nash High School (Bailey, N.C.), Battle, who ran a 4.8 in the 40-yard dash and posted a 35-inch vertical leap at Tech’s camp, is being recruited by the Hokies as a defensive tackle. Defensive tackle seems like an outstanding fit for the young man in Tech’s defense, which utilizes quicker, more athletic defensive tackles.
Battle is coming off a right knee injury that kept him out for most of his junior season, although he says he is now “close to 100 percent” healthy.
Thomas Jefferson (Jefferson City, PA) tight end prospect Chris Drager chose the Hokies over scholarship offers from Maryland, Pitt, Stanford and West Virginia, among others. The 6-4, 235-pound prospect is being recruited initially by Tech as a tight end – he possesses very good hands and seems to be skilled at blocking and receiving – but could get a look at defensive end later down the road. Drager had an excellent experience at Tech for the spring game and the camp experience solidified his decision.
6-5, 235-pound Andrew Lanier is also being recruited by Tech initially as a tight end, although sources say he could develop into an offensive tackle or defensive lineman down the road. For Dorman High School head coach Dave Gutshall, Lanier plays a variety of positions including h-back, tight end and even fullback. Gutshall calls Lanier “probably the best defensive player we have,” but indicated that Lanier does not play defense much “because he’s so important to us on offense.”
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